After your own memories your wedding photographers are the most important part of your wedding day. They will increase in value as time goes by so it’s very important to take you time finding your wedding photographer.
Here are some tips to make the process easier
Do your research
Spend plenty of time looking at lots of different photographer’s to work out what style of photography you like. There are lots of different types of photography; reportage (very natural with no posed photos), fine art (light and airy with an editorial look), dark and moody (lots of contrast, shadows and drama), so it’s important to choose a photographer who’s work you love.
My style is described as ‘fine art’ because of it’s luminous quality which I achieve by using both digital and film cameras. To find out more about my film photography click here
Ask to see galleries
Once you have narrowed down your search, make sure you ask to see entire galleries of the photographers work, not just the highlights of the wedding. This will help you see how the photographer works on the day and that they are capable in every scenario.
Talk to your photographer
Before you book your photographer, arrange a time to meet them either virtually or in person. How you look on camera depends a lot on how comfortable you feel with your photographer so make sure you choose someone who you feel relaxed around. Remember your photographer will be there during the most intimate and stressful moments of your wedding day so a good rapport is important.
This is probably the first time you have booked a professional photographer so you may not know how much to budget for this part of your wedding. The saying ‘you get what you pay for’ very much applies when it comes to wedding photographers. Price is usually a reflection of experience, professionalism and reputation, so if you want a great photographer who is going to tell a beautiful story of your wedding day in the style you love, you will have to pay for it.
Along with your precious memories of your wedding day, your photographs are the only things that become more meaningful and valuable as time goes by, so it’s worth investing in the best photographer you can afford and one that you trust to capture your day.
Consider an engagement shoot
Lots of photographers offer engagement shoots. This is a shoot with you and your fiancé that takes place ahead of the wedding and is a really good chance to get to know your photographer and see how they work. I love doing engagement shoots because they allow me to see how a couple interact together and how to get the best connection from them. I also find that engagement shoots save a lot of time on the wedding day because the couple are already ‘warmed up’ which means we spend less time doing their portraits so that they can get back to their celebration.
If you would like to me more about finding your wedding photographer please do get in touch